Gardening with nature - gardening for bees
With bee populations worldwide declining, environmentally responsible people (like the Queen and First Lady Michelle Obama, who both have beehives in their gardens) are getting worried. Therefore savvy gardeners these days take bees into account when planting and designing gardens. How can you help bee populations in your garden?
Plant pollen and nectar rich plants, and plant several of them close together instead of having them scattered singly all over the garden.
· Bees prefer blue and yellow flowers.
· They tend to favour plants in sunny spots and those with scented flowers.
· Sink shallow pans of water in your garden – ponds are normally too deep for bees.
· Bees favour single flowers over double ones – in the latter the pollen and nectar are too deep to reach.
· Be careful with pesticides; and if you have to use them, choose those not toxic to bees.
Colours of the Month – Blue and yellow (colours that bees love!)If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Queen and First Lady and encourage bees to your garden then beg, borrow or buy plants bearing yellow and blue flowers! What about Acacia karroo, gazania, mimulus, snapdragons and hibiscus for yellow and agapanthus, felicia, lavender and scabiosa for blue?